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Georgia 400 work to dismantle toll booths nearing end


ATLANTA -- Nearly a year after the drop of the last quarter on Georgia 400, another change is coming.

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If the weather cooperates, crews will design the final lane shift at the spot where the toll booths once stood. The work is scheduled to begin at 10 p.m., Friday.

It took months to tear down all the structures and the canopy over the section of Georgia 400 that held the toll booths. Now, time for a shift to the left into the lanes motorists will use from now on.

Weekend traffic: Another mess on I-285

Weekend traffic: Another mess on I-285

(WXIA) -- Last week's break from interstate roadwork was short-lived. The Georgia Department of Transportation said crews will be back on the roads this weekend.

Interstate 285, especially the portion above I-20, will be GDOT's main focus, as several projects are scheduled for that corridor.

As always, all work is weather-permitting.

Clayton/Fulton counties
* 1 Outer Loop lane of I-285 will be closed at I-75 south from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for resurfacing
* 1 outside lane of I-285 will be closed at I-85 north from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge repairs

Cobb County
* 2 northbound and 2 southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between South Cobb Drive and Paces Ferry Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement
* Pacing will occur at the I-285 Kennedy Interchange with I-75 overnight Saturday

Porsche-driving suspects sought after Jeep stolen

Porsche-driving suspects sought after Jeep stolen

ATLANTA -- Atlanta police are searching for suspects after a man's Jeep was stolen shortly after he arrived at a Buckhead gym Thursday morning.

It happened at around 5:45 a.m. on the top level of the parking deck at 3535 Peachtree Road NE.

The victim told police he was walking into LA Fitness when a black Porsche Panamera with four suspects inside pulled into the lot.

One of the suspects got out of the car, pointed a handgun at the victim and demanded his wallet. The victim tossed the suspect the keys to his Jeep and said all his valuables were inside. The suspect drove away in the Jeep with the Porsche following, according to Atlanta Police Officer Kim Jones.

The victim was not injured. He described the suspects as four black men. Two appeared to be in their mid-20's, while the other two looked about 12 years old, according to the victim.

85-year-old man killed in Buckhead wreck

85-year-old man killed in Buckhead wreck

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Police are investigating a traffic accident that killed an elderly man.

The 85-year-old victim was pronounced dead at the scene of the wreck, which happened shortly before 11 p.m. Wednesday on Maple Drive, between Peachtree and East Paces Ferry roads in Buckhead.

Atlanta Police Capt. Janet Brady said the man's Lincoln Town Car slammed into a tree. The victim was the only person inside the car; his name has not been released.

Brady said an autopsy will determine if the man died from the impact of the crash or if he suffered a medical emergency before losing control of his car.

No one else was hurt.

Voter registration deadline is October 6

Voter registration deadline is October 6

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The deadline to register to vote in the November 4 General Election is Monday, October 6.

Online voter registration is available, which allows new voters to complete the entire process online at www.fultonelections.com. In Fulton County, residents can register to vote online, at their city hall, the Georgia Department of Driver Services, any Atlanta Fulton County Library Branch, at one of the three registration and elections offices or by mail.

“We have seen increased activity in new registrations," said Richard Barron, Director of Fulton county Registration and Elections. “We want to ensure that everyone that wishes to participate is given the opportunity to do so."

Residents can also obtain a voter registration form at one of three County offices:

1) Fulton County Government Center (130 Peachtree Street, SW, Suite 2186 Atlanta)

Fulton County Fire Rescue offers Labor Day BBQ fire safety tips

Fulton County Fire Rescue offers Labor Day BBQ fire safety tips

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Labor Day is a time for barbeques. It can also be a time of extreme fire danger. According to the United States Fire Administration (USFA) almost 5,000 Americans are injured each year by charcoal/wood-burning and propane grill fires.

“As residents continue to enjoy the summer, we want to remind them to practice safety tips as they are barbequing and camping,” said Chief Larry Few, Fulton County Fire Rescue Department. “We want everyone to safely enjoy the holiday.”

Summertime should be a time for fun and making happy memories. Knowing a few fire safety tips and following instructions will help everyone have a safe summer:

Office of Children and Youth needs volunteers

Office of Children and Youth needs volunteers

HAPEVILLE, Ga. -- The Fulton County Call to Womanhood programs, Priceless University and the Youth Leadership Academy for Girls need volunteer academic tutors in math, science and reading.

Volunteer tutors will support the students in the Call to Womanhood programs during meetings beginning in September at the Call to Womanhood Center located at 3444 Claire Drive, Hapeville, next to the Hapeville Library.

Priceless University is a college-prep and career development program for middle and high school girls between the ages of 12 and 17. The program focuses on self-enrichment and self-development courses that help students reach their full potential.  Priceless University meets every Tuesday evening from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Call to Womanhood Center.